Trade split over Wottakar's impact

<p>Publishers and booksellers are split on how an HMV takeover of Ottakar's would affect book pricing and availability, according to evidence submitted to the Competition Commission.</p><p>As the Commission's inquiry team began visiting branches of Waterstone's and Ottakar's this week, it posted early submissions on its website. In one contribution, an unnamed publisher argued that consumers would be unlikely to benefit from a merger. "Indications to date are that the intention is directly to improve the profitability of the retailers. Retailers have signalled that the overall number of pro...

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